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Talking 3 Gallon stump scape-NEW PICS-update

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I picked up a 2.5 gal at a garage sale a year or two ago; its a vintage aluminum-framed tank, probably from the 70's. I had to take out the bottom pane of glass and completely scrape and reseal it because the original black sealant had started to disintegrate. Besides that, the tank was in pretty decent shape; I did some refurbishing of the glass with CLR just for fun.
I've been to and fro school the last few years, so I have changed the layout many times over. I think I finally have a layout that I'm satisfied with, so I have been letting everything grow out for the past 5 months or so.
Fauna:
6 Glo-lite tetras
1 Otocinclus
hitchhiker assassin snails (I think)
Flora:
A lot of Taiwan moss
Some type of hairgrass collected from Michigan
Cabomba sp
Various unknown sp. of fissidens (just showed up)
Unknown epiphyte from Colorado
Anubias Nana petite
Equipment:
36W Coralife
DIY Co2
TOM mini rapids canister filter
A cheap heater that keeps the tank at a perfect temp

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A FTS to get the idea of the size

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The unknown plant from CO

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looks like subwassertang.. but i could be wrong..

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It's likely in the same family, but I've had subw. before and the leaf formations are much larger than these.
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Lookin' good.

How did you get the tank apart to do your repairs? Did you use any kind of treatment on the original black sealant to help break it down?

I ask because I have one of these tanks and it looks like I'm going to have to basically take it apart, strip all the old rotted sealant and redo it all proper will silicon if I ever want to use it.

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I only needed to take out the bottom glass pane. The original black sealant on the bottom was very dry rotted and brittle, so I was able to slip a razor blade between the glass and the sealant and slowly chizzle the pane out. If your tank is anything like mine, the bottom pane will not be able to slide out of the the tank due to an inward lip on the top, so I just turned the tank upside-down and carefully slid the bottom pane to the top lip while I chipped the rest of the black sealant off of the frame.

Then, I bought an ordinary silicone sealant from the hardware store and applied a LOT on the inside of the frame; I then carefully slid the glass pane back into place and placed some books on the inside of the tank to squeeze out any unwanted air pockets while the sealant dried. Use excessive silicone sealant; you can always scrape away the leftover with a razor.
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Just to give an idea of how much light I'm dealing with

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I will put up some better photos of the tank this evening; when things look their best.
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Finally got some decent photes

A little FTSizzler
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A shot of the cove
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Otto in his favorite spot
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The hairgrass I found in Michigan
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no algae problems with that much light?
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Nope. I did my best to cover as much of the log as I could with plants to prevent tufts of BBA forming; and apparently it has worked, that along with keeping the CO2 high and regular. I consider myself very lucky with this tank though. The light was free so I did with what I had.
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